Foundation

Students who have completed secondary school usually attend college. Here you can build invaluable knowledge and skills in a specified discipline of your choice. There are three pathways available, but it all depends on which route students intend to go.

First route - A Levels

This is a two year programme, the first year formally known as AS-level. Completion of year two is known as A2 Level. Students normally choose 3 to 4 subjects based on the degree they wish to undertake at university. The main advantage of studying A-levels is that students will have a wide range of options for later deciding their degree.

Second route - Foundation Year

Foundation is a one year programme and helps students to develop the underpinning knowledge and competences of a specified discipline. It is either taught at a university or a college, where it is generally less expensive to study at a college than a university.

Third route - HNC/HND

With HNC/HND, students usually have decided what they intend to study for their degree, as these programmes are subject-focused. Higher National Certificate is a one year programme, whilst Higher National Diploma is a two year programme. There are a few advantages of studying HNC/HND:

• Students are eligible for direct university entry (either 2nd year or final year of degree,     depending upon the chosen university).
• It is cheaper than if a student studies 3 years of degree at University.
• Generally speaking, HNC/HND programmes are assignments based. It is extremely beneficial to those   who dislike exams.